Healthful Versus Unhealthful Plant-Based Diets

You would think from all the press that being a vegetarian or vegan is the healthiest way to eat. But, it’s not necessarily so. I would get preached to about how I ate. But, they rarely looked healthy.

I have seen vegetarians and vegans overweight and underweight. Often, they eat processed and refined foods like textured soy. This is the phony meat with ingredients you can’t pronounce.

‘Plant-based diets are recommended for coronary heart disease (CHD) prevention. However, not all plant foods are necessarily beneficial for health [1 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28728684/].’

‘Whole food plant based diets’ are naturally low in salt, sugar and fats. How can that be unhealthy? Everyone knows eating pizza and burgers is not health food, right? But, we love it and eat it anyway, because we were raised on that kind of food.

But, now we have easy access to scientifically validated research, which has proven time and time again that eating more fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds can cure ailments, conditions and disease. There are those in cultures who are trimmer, healthier and live longer.

‘Diet interventions have suggested an association between plant-based diets and improvements in psychological well-being, quality of life and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) control in populations with diabetes [2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6235058/‘.

We all want to stay healthy, trim down and live long. I don’t know anyone who makes a hobby out of going to the doctor for surgery. Our health is truly within our hands. Unfortunately, there will always be that temptation to turn away from a plant based diet, when there’s lack of support from those around you.

‘Research has shown that the foods you eat influence your health. Eating certain foods, such as fruits and nuts, has been associated with reduced death rates, while other foods, such as red meat and processed meat, have been linked to increased mortality [3 https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/vegetarian-diets-linked-lower-mortality]’.

In my younger days, I barbecued meat on my hibachi every night. Yes, I still eat small amounts of animal products on occasion. But, it doesn’t taste as good as it used to. I remember when I left the hibachi unattended on my back porch and my Doberman took off with both steaks! Instead of being mad about it, little did I know at the time, he was doing me a great favor. After all, it was his natural food.

‘Evidence linking red meat intake, particularly processed meat, and increased risk of CHD, cancer and type 2 diabetes is convincing and provides indirect support for consumption of a plant-based diet [4 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22717188/]’.

I own pets and love all animals more than ever. It seems as I got older I sought peace and spirituality then didn’t want to bring harm to any earthly creature. I therefore, don’t desire contributing to the death of innocent animals buying meat from my local butcher.

Sources- 1 URL https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28728684/
Website Title Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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Access Year 2020
Article Title Healthful and Unhealthful Plant-Based Diets and the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in U.S. Adults

2 URL https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6235058/
Website Title BMJ open diabetes research & care
Publication Day 30
Publication Month October
Publication Year 2018
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Article Title Effectiveness of plant-based diets in promoting well-being in the management of type 2 diabetes: a systematic review

3 URL https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/vegetarian-diets-linked-lower-mortality
Website Title National Institutes of Health
Publication Day 31
Publication Month March
Publication Year2016
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Access Year 2020
Article Title Vegetarian Diets Linked to Lower Mortality

4 URL https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22717188/
Website Title Public health nutrition
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Access Month june
Access Year 2020
Article Title Vegetarian Diets, Low-Meat Diets and Health: A Review

Note- before you change your diet consult your doctor.

 

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